From Us

What makes your life sweet?

Now especially, the need to reflect on the positives
in life and for what and whom we are grateful feels
more urgent. This issue we received an overwhelming
amount of support and submissions from students
expressing what brings them joy. For some, family
plays an integral role in their identities and
definitions of happiness. For others, their personal histories
and warm nostalgia bring smiles to their faces. To us,
food, friendship, and community provide comfort and
peace of mind.

We are so humbled to release Sweet, our second issue
and follow-up to our debut issue, Mirrors, launched
in February 2018. Like any young project Charcoal
Magazine has been a lesson in patience and time, but
one that is well-learned and well-appreciated. What
began as an ambitious idea shared between two best
friends has grown into something more significant
that embraces new perspectives from diverse voices.
We send a big thank you to Innovate@BU for their

guidance, to Terry and Christine Noble for their sup-
port in making the spring preview zine possible and,
lastly, to our contributors. None of this is possible
without you.

Thank you for joining us on this beautiful journey. We
are so excited to share with you this issue and many
more to come.

Peace and well wishes,
The Charcoal Executive Board

Credits

Editor-in-Chief,
Creative Director
Remy Usman, CFA ‘19

Executive Editor
Adia Turner, CAS ‘19

Chief Financial Officer
Thalis Perez, Questrom ‘20

Chief Marketing Officer
Archelle Thelemaque, COM ‘21

Social Media Director
Jo Cosio-Mercado, CFA ‘21

Art Director
Eva Vidan, CFA ‘19

Art Director
Patricia Ho, CFA ‘19

Cover Image
Emmanuel Reid, CGS ‘18, COM ‘20
photographed by Bradley Noble

Publisher
Charcoal Magazine

Printing
Keness Printing

Contributors
Amber Lin, CFA ‘19
Bejeana Breneville, COM ‘20
Bersabeh Mano, SAR ‘20
Bradley Noble, CAS ‘20
Chinwe Oparaji, CFA ‘22
Danielle Gabriel, CAS ‘19
Emmanuel Reid, CGS ‘18, COM ‘20
Erin Edwards, COM, ‘21
Isabella Torres, CAS, ‘20
Lena Otalora, COM ‘20
Qian Mei, CFA ‘18
Zadian Madhuri, CAS ‘18

Models
Bersabeh Mamo, SAR ‘20
Desiré Graham, CFA ‘18
Emmanuel Reid, CGS ‘18, COM ‘20
Erin Edwards, COM ‘21
Jo Cosio-Mercado, CFA ‘21
Kendall Castaneda, CAS ‘21
Kenneth Giron, SAR ‘20
Skyler Vernon, CAS ‘20
Tiara Burton, CAS ‘20
Valerie Ricot, COM ‘19
Yuri Hong, CFA ‘19

Thanks to
Blake Sims, Rachel Spekman, Ian
Mashiter, Priya Krishnamoorthy,
and everyone at Innovate@BU,
Katherine Kennedy, Shari
Tumandao, Jeannette Guillemin,
Wendy Swart Grossman, and
Suzanne Kennedy.

Charcoal Magazine issue #2 is
dedicated to Terry and Christine
Noble.